Barney & Taylor. It’s a vintage name that’s stood the test of time. It has a richly grained patina of history and heritage. It’s the perfect badge of honour for premium-quality leather jackets that also outlast time; whose look, feel and fit are enriched by the passing of the years - creating their own unique history for the people who wear them.

The ‘Barney’ of Barney & Taylor first emerged into the world in 1911. A baby boy adored by his parents and four elder siblings, he had a grand name - Barnett Rosemarine – though everyone knew him as ‘Barney’. He was the youngest of five children born to Harry and Mary Rosemarine, successful Manchester garment factory owners. The Barney & Taylor name arises from the warp and weft of history whose origins are in the Manchester garment industry, an honourable Lancashire trade arising from the Industrial Revolution that forged Manchester into a mighty city.

Not that Harry and Mary were born successful and prosperous – far from it. They worked their way up through sheer hard graft, grit and determination. Mary, for example, originally earned her living sewing beads onto jumpers for other garment- makers – but so skilled, so diligent and so successful was she that she soon had her own thriving business.

M. Rosemarine Ltd arose out of Mary’s tireless efforts and endless demands for garment quality and integrity, and it grew into an impressive factory and warehouse operation on the outskirts of Manchester.

Mary and her husband Harry developed M. Rosemarine Ltd into a prodigiously successful clothing making business and decided to name one of their garment types after their youngest son, Barney. The ‘Barney’ was originally a raincoat of extraordinary quality, which effortlessly shrugged off Manchester’s notoriously wet weather.
Moreover, it demonstrated the very best in the new garment-making and waterproofing technologies then available and because of its outstanding quality and durability (characteristics that would soon define the company’s leather jackets)

As Barney grew up, he took on the full mantle of the clothing trade, becoming a young apprentice tailor and learning every single aspect of the garment-making industry, before employing his considerable abilities in the family business alongside his equally talented brothers Louis and
David.

As he grew older, wiser and ever more skilled, Barney’s contribution to the success of the family business expanded accordingly – and under his deft guiding hands, the company took on the design and manufacture of leather jackets and coats of outstanding quality and
classic style.

Like the best hand-made shoes, wallets, belts and other leather goods, Barney’s leather jackets and coats were often once-in-a lifetime purchases for the people who bought them, and because of their durability and timeless look, they were reverently handed down the generations, witnessing the passing of time, participating in peace and war, taking on the polish, patina and ageing that only years of faithful and devoted wear could bestow. Even today, many of these classic Barney garments are still being worn by proud second and third generation owners.

While expanding the business through the introduction of quality leatherwear, Barney also bought property in what is now Manchester city centre’s Northern Quarter. He acquired smaller garment making companies such as Clydesdale Purchases, Shirtmakers, and Alwyn Ltd - and he used their combined resources to make M.Rosemarine Ltd into a truly formidable manufacturing business.

Up until this time, the company had only been a wholesale operation - but Barney decided to open up two retail stores and employed his sisters, Kitty and Betty, to manage them.

Barney was as extraordinary and brilliant in his personal life as he was in business. In his spare time, he was a popular and hilarious stand-up comedian performing under the name of ‘Jock Marine’; he also became a published and much admired author, his most famous work being a lighthearted poetry book called ‘Haimishe Laffs and Chaffs’.
Barney was also a generous-hearted and hugely charitable man. He freely donated acres of land he owned as a site for the construction of a local hospital - and he was also Patron of the Manchester Blind Society.

Barney married Ella Taylor in 1937 and they had four children, Valerie, Shirley, Lynda and Susan. Lynda married her childhood sweetheart, Syd who was also in the leather industry – and together they built up the business to a whole new level of success. Lynda and Syd’s two sons, Richard and Michael, still run the business to this day. Having added ‘Taylor’ to the family business name, they honour both their grandfather and grandmother – and they have also created a name who’s rich and resonant heritage matches that of the beautiful leather goods they so lovingly make today.